HUME, Va. More than 20 ambassadors and diplomats representing 34 countries gathered in Hume, Va., to enjoy Western hospitality and to learn more about the Church.
The annual Western Family Picnic sponsored by the Church's Office of Public and International Affairs and hosted by Bishop Richard Marriott and his wife, Nancy Marriott, was held Oct. 13, under clear autumn skies at the Marriott Ranch located near the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy, along with several Church members who hold high ranking positions in the federal government, welcomed guests as they arrived.
Church volunteers arranged several detailed exhibits, including displays on the Mormon migration and Native American artifacts. Diplomatic guests, spouses and their children enjoyed some 20 different activities ranging from gold panning to butter churning. The Church's humanitarian efforts around the world were highlighted.
At lunch, ambassadors were entertained by the BYU Folk Dancers and Living Legends who performed traditional Western and Native American dances.